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New Brunswick Act Passed By LegislatureThe New Brunswick Legislature has given third reading to amend that provinces engineering act. Passage of the legislation follows three years of work to revise the Act, bylaws and Code of Ethics.
The revisions open the way for geoscientists to join the Association. It also recognizes that computers and software form part of engineering works, removes the requirement of New Brunswick residency for members, uses gender-neutral language, and includes changes to make the New Brunswick legislation more consistent with that in other Canadian jurisdictions.Ontario Updates Awards Program
Professional Engineers Ontario has revamped its awards program to encourage nominations from such areas as manufacturing, telecommunications, bio-engineering and computer science, as well as to better showcase the professions growth and diversity.
Engineering Dimensions notes that over much of the award programs 50-year history, the majority of awards have gone to members working in traditional disciplines and within academic institutions. In conjunction with the new approach the awards program has adopted a new logo.OIQ to Help Engineers Become Better Communicators
The Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has entered an agreement with the Université du Québec à Montréal to help engineers improve their communication skills. Intensive courses will cover topics such as self- improvement, participation in work teams, leading work teams and how to exercise influence in a meeting.Manitoba Looks At "Grandparenting" For Geoscientists The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM) continues to work to incorporate geoscientists into the Association. APEGMs Council has considered criteria for "grandparenting" geoscientists and a committee of geoscientists has been established to review all applications requesting registration by "grandparenting".
Dr. Nancy Chow, a geologist, and Dr. Ian Ferguson, a geophysicist, have been appointed by APEGMs to its Academic Review Committee, while Raymond Reichelt, a geologist, will join the Experience Review Committee "to monitor the work experience of all geoscientists-in-training, and to assess the work experience of applicants who do not qualify for registration under the grandparenting criteria."
Newfoundland CPD Reporting Working Well
The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland, in reporting on the submission of annual activity records under its Professional Development Program, notes that only three members indicated that they were unable to meet the minimum requirements under the program. A number of exemptions for submitting activity records have been granted to members who are retired, ill or working outside the country.
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